Flashback Shadows Killed Prettiest Marijuana Bee

Ecstasy For War Trauma: A Flashback To Earlier Treatments by Vaughan Bell (Mind Hacks): Recently, studies have been conducted to see whether prescribing Vietnam Vets with ecstasy might help reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (flashbacks, anxiety, nightmares, etc). Results aren’t yet in, but Bell provides excellent context: these kind of treatments have been used before, and they’re often counterproductive. This is because what seems to help people with PTSD is addressing their fears, to get them to walk through it and contextualise it. And if the patient is on ecstasy, the ecstasy just helps them avoid the fears, not actually fight them.

Land Of Shadows by Brook Larmer (National Geographic): Burma, very slowly, is coming out of its shell, becoming more democratic, etc, as the symbolic release of Aung San Suu Kyi suggests (though this is a bit of smoke and mirrors in some ways). Larmer travels to various areas of Burma to try and give insight into how the Burmese are changing as the modern world impinges on it. [via]

Does Marijuana Make You Stupid? by Jonah Lehrer (The Frontal Cortex): Well, yes. Duh. But only in the short-term. 28 days after you stop smoking, even if you were a heavy user, you should be pretty much back to normal.

What Killed The Megafauna? by Laura Boness (Cosmos): The half a million years or so has oscillated between ice ages and warmer periods; but there was a particularly harsh one about 45,000 years ago. Which also happens to be around the time when humans were starting to settle the globe. And some combination of humans and harsh weather killed off a whole bunch of the megafauna, such as diprotodon, the giant three-tonne wombat.

The Prettiest Boy In The World by Alex Morris (New York Magazine): …is apparently Andrej Pejic, a 19-year-old Melbourne boy who has such delicate features that he easily passes as a girl, and dresses up in women’s clothes on the runway, etc. Pejic is at ease with his androgyny, can walk on the catwalk like a man, or like a woman, and fashion designers hire him because they want to be socially progressive. Mind you, though the article claims that he’s famous in Australia, I’d never even remotely heard of him before. [via]

In Defense Of The Solitary Bee by Alison Benjamin (The Guardian): We mostly think of bees as living in hives, working together busily. But, actually, the majority of bee species are not like honeybees; they are solitary creatures that live in holes and caves, and which are actually considerable more effective pollinators than honeybees.

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